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Last updated: 29 November 2020
Status:Preliminary
Date:Wednesday 19 April 2000
Time:ca 07:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2H4
Operator:Air Philippines
Registration: RP-C3010
C/n / msn: 21447/508
First flight: 1978-01-19 (22 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs:68475
Cycles:79522
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 124 / Occupants: 124
Total:Fatalities: 131 / Occupants: 131
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) NE of Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) (   Philippines)
Crash site elevation: 152 m (499 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Destination airport:Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO/RPMD), Philippines
Flightnumber:2P541
Narrative:
Air Philippines Flight 541, a Boeing 737-200, departed Manila (MNL) at 05:21 hours and was due to land at Davao (DVO), Philippines, around 06:45.
The aircraft was being flown as a route check for for a captain. Another captain was acting as Pilot Monitoring on the flight. The en route part of the flight was uneventful. The aircraft was conducting an ILS approach to runway 05 and the controller reported that they would be behind Philippine Airlines flight 809, an Airbus A319.
As the Boeing 737 broke out of clouds, the A319 was observed on runway 05. The Pilot Flying informed ATC of his intention to perform a 360° maneuver, but the Pilot Monitoring advised ATC of the opposite, stating that the aircraft would turn right instead of following the missed approach procedure, which called for a left hand turn to a 020° heading. The aircraft re-entered clouds and attempted to fly visually at a lower altitude in instrument conditions when in fact it should have climbed to 4000 feet.
The flight continued over Samal Island and the flight requested a VOR/DME approach and landing in the opposite direction (runway 23), which was approved by the controller. After having aligned with the runway heading, the aircraft descended below the normal glide path for this approach. It continued down to 570 feet at a point where the aircraft should have been at 1500 feet.
The aircraft crashed into a coconut plantation on a hillside in Barangay San Isidro, disintegrated and caught fire.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» AP
» ICAO Adrep
» Nolan News, Fall 08
» Philippine Daily Inquirer
» The Philippine STAR


Photos

photo of Boeing-737-2H4-RP-C3010
accident date: 19-04-2000
type: Boeing 737-2H4
registration: RP-C3010
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport as the crow flies is 958 km (599 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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